The forest by this coast is called a temperate rainforest.
It is called a rainforest because it rains a lot there.
Where does all this rain come from?
The clouds pick up the moisture from the ocean,
and drop it on the coastal mountain range in the form of rain.
Click on "Refresh" or "Reload" on your menu bar
to see an animation of this "rainshadow effect".
What is the temperate rainforest like?
Enter these two forests and take a look at the plants and animals.
Take a field trip to a temperate rainforest.
Click on Temperate Rainforest Scrapbook.
Find out about a very important TREE in the forest.